Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new

From being amongst the gumtrees at Australian National University in Canberra to a sprawling metropolis where skyscrapers nestled between lively kampungs race to reach the sky, this year CAUSINDY finds its way across the Arafura Sea to a new home in Jakarta.


While a new resident settles into the grounds of the Presidential palace Istana Merdeka, somewhere down the road, 30 young leaders from Australia and Indonesia will be looking at new ways to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship following the turbulence of the past year.

The theme for this year’s conference will be “Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new”.

Take part in CAUSINDY 2014. Applications to become a delegate are now open.

CAUSINDY delegates will be engaging in insightful discussions with leaders from media, economics and trade, business and defence including Vice-Presidential advisor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Australia-Indonesia Institute chair Professor Tim Lindsey and a packed roster of expert observers on the bilateral relationship.

Program highlights this year include:

  • Portrayals in the Media’, a panel of outspoken journalists on the role media plays influencing public perceptions. Panellists including Tempo Magazine editor Arif Zulkifli, Fairfax Media’s Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard and Citra Dyah Prastuti, editor of PortalKBR will give the inside scoop on the media’s place in the bilateral relationship.

  • Transforming the relationship’, a special question and answer event looking at how the next generation of leaders can learn from the “old relationship”. Panellists will include Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Indonesia and Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of Australia-Indonesia Institute.

  • Election debrief’, a panel with the people on the inside of the presidential campaign —or watching the Twitter feed—including political risk analyst Doug Ramage and innovative pollster Yose Rizal, CEO of Politica Wave.

  • An opportunity to find out what the finance ministers are really saying. Fauzi Ichsan, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered and business leader Chris Barnes will discuss ways both countries can benefit from (and sustain) economic growth in the region.

  • Behind Closed Doors’: an exclusive interview with a high profile former diplomat on what really happens on the sidelines of bilateral meetings and conferences.

  • A lively debate between prominent business leaders from both countries on the challenges and potential of two very different economies.

  • Defence and security expert Natalie Sambhi, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, will moderate a panel with former military and defence leaders on geopolitics and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, and what it means for Australia and Indonesia.

In 2014, CAUSINDY will aim to inspire young leaders to reset the agenda of the Australia-Indonesia relationship beyond just “boats, beef and Bali”. Delegates will be set up to continue building a stronger, deeper bilateral partnership.

Does this sound like you? Applications to become a delegate in 2014 are now open.

Karina Akib, Co-Founder and Director

Karina currently works in Jakarta as an Associate for Boston Consulting Group. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and prior to joining BCG, she led a product launch at Jakarta based social business RUMA which uses mobile phone technology as a tool to develop the livelihood of individuals at the base of the pyramid and also lead business development as a Director at the Inaugural Global Social Change Film Festival in Bali.